Defense Attaché

The United States Defense Attaché Office (DAO) performs representational functions on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the U.S. Military Services and the Commander of European Command.

The United States Defense Attaché Office Algiers is responsible for maintaining positive dialogue with the Algerian Ministry of Defense.   The DAO Algiers encourages US-Algerian engagement and cooperation, and implements Security Cooperation initiatives in Algeria.

Official U.S. Military Websites

Enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces

Military recruitment does not fall within the scope of the Defense Attaché Office. However, the following general information is provided for your reference: All applicants for enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces (as well as the U.S. Civil Service and law enforcement agencies) must be either:

a citizen of the United States


a registered alien who is legally and permanently resident in the U.S. and is in possession of both a U.S. Immigration Green Card, INS 1-151 or INS 1-551, and a Social Security Card.

Permanent resident status for a non-U.S. citizen requires an immigrant visa to enter the United States.  An immigrant visa will not be issued on the basis of intention to enlist or intention to qualify for government employment upon arrival in the United States.  The criteria for granting both immigrant visas and U.S. citizenship are complex.  All inquiries should first be directed to the Immigrant Visa Branch at the United States Embassy, Algiers.

In general, applications for enlistment are normally processed on-site at a recruiting office in the United States.  It is necessary for all applicants to undergo rigorous physical and aptitude examinations to determine suitability for enlistment.  Recruitment is also contingent on the requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces.


An individual must be a U.S. citizen before he/she can be considered for the highly competitive selection process to become a commissioned officer.  Before selection by a Military Academy for officer training, the candidate must pass a physical examination and must be either a high-school graduate or a high school senior who has achieved excellent academic qualifications.  As for a pilot candidate must be both an existing commissioned officer and a US citizen.

If you meet the above criteria and request further information, you should contact any of the following offices:

U.S. Air Force Recruiter (Headquarters)
Building 347, Room 122
Rhein-Main Air Base
Frankfurt 60505
Tel: (00 49) 696 997978

U.S. Army Recruiter
415th BSB, Building 2915 Pulaski Barracks
Tel: (00 49) 631 536 7072

U.S. Navy Recruiter
DOE Complex, Block 2, Spur 9
Lime Grove, Eastcote, RUISLIP
Middlesex HA4 8BX
United Kingdom
Tel: (00 44) 20 8385 5207

U.S. Marine Corps Recruiter
Recruiting Station New York
Attn: Admin

Please be aware that since many of the above offices are manned only part-time, you are likely to reach an answering service. Therefore, it is suggested that you write, ensuring that your name, address and contact telephone number are clearly written.